August 29, 2013 Farm Newsletter 20-9

HELLO:  Just a reminder that in order to make getting info a little more reliable we have been posting this weekly blog on Wednesday evenings before the Thursday pickup and try very hard to have it up on the site by 7:00 p.m. and have done so except for once being less than 5 minutes late and once being about 20 minutes late.   So look for this posting after 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday.

Some of what was available for pick up a week or two back.

Some of what was available for pick up a week or two back.

This weekly farm newsletter is meant to be useful to CSA members by listing what is probably going to be available when they pick up their vegetables so as to start planning how they might be used.  On the site we sometimes have recipes and tips on using the weeks  vegetables and if you use the link to the Facebook page there are more recipes.

HAYING:  We managed to get all the hay bales brought up from the neighbours field to our barn.  We finished up at the barn with the last three of the 36 bales at around 6:30 p.m. Monday evening.

The hay pile outside the barn with more than this already inside.

The hay pile outside the barn with more than this already inside.

We are leaving these last three on the wagon, backed up to the barn doors, until we unroll three more bales now on the barn floor and throw that hay up into the mow.  It will take quite a while for us to get all the bales parked outside up into the mow as they each have to be rolled inside, taken apart, and thrown up in to the mow.   In the meantime we will cover the parked bales with a tarp to keep the rain off.

WEATHER:   Always something we farmers are always thinking about.  We have been far too dry for the last two weeks and have been watering a lot.  We had a sprinkling on Tuesday evening and a little more, about 2 mm, over night, but we got nothing from the weather system on Monday which put a lot of rain on Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph and one report from a neighbour that there was rain in Brantford.  None though for us.  The nice thing is that the weather is warm, or even uncomfortably hot, and so as long as things get plenty to drink they are going to grow well.

This photo from August 20 shows an area the whole of which has been kept regularly watered and therefore is looking and growing very good.

This photo from August 20 shows an area the whole of which has been kept regularly watered and therefore is looking and growing very good.

The night time temperatures  have not been too low.   This is better than a few weeks ago when night time temperatures sometimes were as low as 10 or 12 degrees.   If we can get a good soaking soon and if the weather stays warm then the vegetables will continue to grow quite nicely.  The beans are into their third week and have been looking very distressed for a while.  That is due not only to being dry but also to various bean diseases.  They may eventually come back and produce respectable yields again.  Most everything else is still doing well.

This week’s CSA:  The vegetables this week are about the same as last though we are hoping to have a couple of new items (which I won’t mention for fear of their not being ready yet.)

The pickup area on a typical day readied with lots of vegetables weighing down the tables.

The pickup area on a typical day readied with lots of vegetables weighing down the tables.

We will have a good amount of very nice broccoli;  lots of our green curled kale, a more limited supply of red kale;  more red potatoes and maybe some more of the Yukon Gold type and also some fingerling types;  a good supply of small to medium and a few medium to large cooking (slicing) onions;  lots of garlic heads though most are a little on the small size;  a whole lot of summer squash of various sorts and sizes though few are small, most medium and a few are large, good as stuffers; a good number of medium to large cucumbers both the usual green as well as our white kind, White Pearl;  lots of lettuce, though almost all are of a small size and we can also offer some bitter bolted lettuce for those who like bitter such as endive which is not yet ready;  beans, not much this week and the quality is likely not to be near as good as it has been;  and in the herb department we have at the ready mizuna, parsley, basil, tulsi basil, borage, very limited amount of cilantro, same with oregano and sage We likely will run out of time to get all of these herbs so I will try to have this list on the table so you can refer to it and get us to go get you something if it is not out.  So if you don’t see it out on the table just mention it and we’ll gladly go get it, we are always running back out to the garden for extra things anyway.

CHICKENS, EGGS AND THE ON FARM MARKET:   Just a reminder that our lovely free ranged on the grass hens are laying goodly numbers of nice, large, brown eggs and they are yours for $4.00 per dozen which as near as I can tell is a pretty fair price. 

Some of the hens gathering around the fresh morning water.

Some of the hens gathering around the fresh morning water.

Certainly hope so cause our hens need the money. We charge them room and board.   Our on the farm market is open Friday and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every week so if you are not a part of this seasons CSA or if you are and know someone who is not then come round or pass the word along please.

Comments on the website are also needed please.

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